Thai Minister of Education Visits 8th Chinese Book Exhibition at the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University
An official of the Thai Ministry of Education experiencing Chinese culture
Bangkok, Dec. 13th to 15th, 2010—the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University worked with the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) of the Thai Ministry of Education to hold a Chinese book exhibition. Thai Minister of Education Qinnawong and the OHEC Secretary-General personally visited the exhibition, which was part of the annual Thai Higher Education Fair hosted by OHEC. This year, OHEC invited the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University to co-host the event, during which, the institute worked with OHEC and Hanban Representative Office in Thailand to hold the Chinese book exhibition and Chinese culture experience activity. The activity drew to a close on the 15th. The institute presented a colorful display of over 100 kinds of Chinese teaching materials, reference books and culture equipment. The institute’s Chinese teachers also demonstrated Chinese calligraphy and paper-cutting.
At the opening ceremony, Minister Qinnawong and the OHEC secretary-general personally visited the book exhibition and tried out the cultural equipment. The minister praised the book exhibition and posed for photos with Chinese language teachers. Representatives from the institute and the Haban Representative Office presented the minister with Chinese-style gifts.
Teacher’s representative presenting gifts to Minister Qinnawong
Thai students looking over Chinese books
Thai teachers and students showing great interest in Chinese paper-cutting
At the education fair, the Confucius Institute book exhibition attracted a large number of visitors who were interested in the Chinese language—Thai teachers and students looked over Chinese books, or tried out Chinese culture equipment or learned to practice Chinese calligraphy and make paper-cuts.
The Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University was established by Beijing University in collaboration with Chulalongkorn University in 2007 with great support from Princess Sirindhorn. The Institute is commitedto promoting Chinese language and culture and integrating into mainstream society of Thailand and has achieved abundant accomplishments and earned acclaim in various fields in Thailand.